Lexicon:Loblolly boy or girl

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Term: loblolly boy or girl
References: Master and Commander, page 38
HMS Surprise, page 247
The Mauritius Command, page 194
Desolation Island, pages 89, 178
The Ionian Mission, page 208
Treason's Harbour, pages 282, 283, 312
The Far Side of the World, pages 177, 203, 222, 291
The Letter of Marque, page 78
The Thirteen-Gun Salute, pages 30, 142
The Nutmeg of Consolation, pages 106, 137, 186, 208, 212, 259, 276
The Commodore, page 2
The Hundred Days, page 39
Blue at the Mizzen, pages 40, 106, 182
Meaning: A person on board a man-of-war who attends the surgeon and his mates, but is generally unskilled in the healing arts. Lob was Middle English for "to boil", and lolly and scouse were once used interchangeably. Therefore the loblolly person was the one who boiled the lolly or the scouse for the sickbay.

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Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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